The spotlight on Abby Wambach continued to shine brightly in 2013: She led the Western New York Flash to the NWSL championship game and moved past Mia Hamm for most international goals in soccer history.
When she was cut from the London 2012 U.S soccer team, two-time World Cup veteran Stephanie Cox used the time to start a family. Now she's back and hoping to make the roster for a run for the Cup in Canada.
With injured stars, a rookie goalkeeper and home-field advantage all part of the mix, there are plenty of issues to consider heading into the first NWSL championship game between the Thorns and the Flash.
At first glance, dividing 23 American soccer players, in addition to 32 Canadian and Mexican players, into eight equal groups in the allocation process for the eight founding teams in the National Women's Soccer League might seem easy. Not really.
The win over Mexico only served to confirm once again that Abby Wambach is a bona fide star, but also showed that Lindsay Tarpley is capable of being an effective complement up front, writes Graham Hays.